What's motivating the thousands of Russian women who sign up with agencies to meet and marry American men? 

A fine work of documentary filmmaking that tackles a disturbing subject with humor, pathos, and irony...

Lisbeth L. Tarlow, Ph.D., Associate Director, Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies, Harvard University
Synopsis: 

What's motivating the thousands of Russian women who sign up with agencies to meet and marry American men? From the gray skies of St. Petersburg to sunny California ranches, we see the financial and emotional pros and cons of exporting one's heart. The film grapples with the tremendous economic challenges and difficult decisions facing Russian women today. In the Name of Love is perfect for courses in Women's Studies, Russian Studies, Sociology, Psychology and Family Studies.

Reviews

A balanced and insightful work - an engaging alternate view of modern family formation that will greatly enliven classroom discussion.

Saskia Subramanian, Ph.D., Sociologist UCLA Center for the Study of Women

The Russian women become people before our eyes; their plight, both romantic and economic, rationalizes the impetus to make marriages with strange American men, but does not minimize the enormous effort required to leave the world they know for an alien one. MARVELOUS, CHILLING IF POIGNANT tensions raised in the film about women, men, marriage, children and cultural dissonances.  ABSORBING, DISTURBING and TENDER - all at once.

Gina Luria Walker, Chair, Department of Social Sciences, The New School

...an eye opening dissection of the highs and lows of modern love

Dallas Morning News

... absorbing, sensitive and honest...

The Portland Mercury

... a telling look - I'd love to see a sequel on these couples in five years...

Wendy Mitchell, indieWIRE

... an amazing job in bringing the 'mail-order bride' genre to the screen...

Sydney Pollack, Director